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Three die during bull runs in Spain's Valencia region

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Three die during bull runs in Spain's Valencia region
Valencian authorities have announced three deaths in a 24-hour period, all men who were gored during different bull runs in the region. (Photo by German Garcia / AFP)

Three men including a French tourist have died this week after suffering severe injuries during the 'Bous al carrer' bull runs of eastern Spain, emergency services said on Wednesday.

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Two men, aged 50 and 46, died after being violently struck by bulls on Tuesday at a bull run held in the Meliana suburb of the eastern port city of Valencia, a local emergency services spokesman said.

A French tourist in his sixties who had been in intensive care since he was gored by a bull in the village of Pedreguer near Alicante on July 8th died on Monday, the spokesman added.

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Bull running festivals, where groups of people run in front of one or more half-tonne fighting bulls, are a longstanding Spanish tradition with many towns holding such events each year.

The most famous is held in the northern city of Pamplona in July during San Fermín celebrations.

The week-long San Fermín festival sees hundreds of daredevils race every morning with six fighting bulls along an 850-metre (2,800-foot) course from a holding pen to Pamplona’s bullring.

Five people were gored at the festival this year which ended on July 14th.

Sixteen people have died at Pamplona’s bull runs since 1911.

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